The Boston University School of Visual Arts announces its MFA/MA Shows

in CFA, Visual Arts
April 9th, 2012

For immediate release: April 4, 2012
Press Contact:
Lynne Cooney/358-0200/

Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts presents

MFA Student Exhibitions 2012

Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 29, 2012

Boston, MA – The Boston University College of Fine Arts is proud to announce the 2012 graduate student exhibitions, featuring the work of students receiving their Master of Fine Arts (MFA), and Master of Arts (MA) degrees from the School of Visual Arts this spring. On Friday, April 13th, the MFA Graphic Design exhibition will open at BUAG at the Stone Gallery, and the MFA Painting and Sculpture exhibition will open at the 808 Gallery.  On that day, opening receptions will be held concurrently for both shows from 6:00-8:00 pm.  These openings are free and open to the public.

On Monday, April 9th, the MA Art Education Teacher and Student exhibition will open in Gallery 5, and will be on view until Friday, April 27th.  A closing reception for K-12 students and their families will take place on the 27th from 5:30-7:30 PM.

All exhibition spaces are within easy walking distance of each other and visitors are encouraged to take a self-guided gallery tour.

The School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts was established in 1954 as a professional training school at Boston University. With faculty composed of practicing professional artists, the school offers an intensive program of studio training combined with liberal arts studies leading to the Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees. Courses prepare students for future study or professional practice in painting, sculpture, graphic design, or art education. This exhibition serves as a showcase of the finest examples of this practice. Notable alumni include painters Brice Marden and Pat Steir; Gael Towey, chief creative officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; Ira Yoffe, former vice president/creative director of PARADE magazine; and Rick Heinrichs, the production designer whose credits include “Fargo” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series.

The intensive program in graphic design leading to the MFA degree is a conceptually based course of study consisting of regular critiques by a faculty of practicing designers, accompanied by rigorous training in advanced design technology. Students are encouraged to innovate, while maintaining and promote the highest design standards, while staying abreast of contemporary developments in the graphic design field.

Each student in the MFA painting program focuses on developing a personal artistic vision through commitment to studio practice. This vision is enriched through regular contact with the insights of a distinguished painting faculty, and complemented by lectures and studio visits by a diverse selection of contemporary visiting artists. Students acquire new painting techniques and explore ideas and images by generating paintings, drawings, and prints, which culminate in this exhibition.

Students in the MA studio teaching and art education programs concentrate on developing methods that teach children and adolescents to think visually and create art with personal meaning.  The exhibition consists of the work students have done in extensive studio art classes, presented alongside work generated by their school pupils, and the personal teaching philosophies each student has developed through student teaching.

Boston University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a center of rich cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

BU School of Visual Arts: 2012 Student Exhibitions

MFA Painting & Sculpture Exhibition

808 Gallery

Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 29, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 6-8pm


MFA Graphic Design Exhibition

Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery

Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 29, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 6-8pm


MA Studio Teaching/BFA Art Education Exhibition

Gallery 5

Monday, April 9– Friday, April 27, 2012

Closing Reception: Friday, April 27, 5:30-7:30pm

BFA Exhibitions

Friday, May 4 – Sunday, May 11

Opening Receptions: Friday, May 4, 6:00-8:00pm

808 Gallery

808 Commonwealth Avenue


Admission to the exhibition and all related events is free and open to the public.

Venue Information

Art Galleries at Boston University:



808 Gallery: 808 Commonwealth Ave

BUAG at the Stone Gallery: 855 Commonwealth Ave., 1st floor

Gallery 5: 855 Commonwealth Ave., 5th floor



To request press passes, images, or additional information, please contact either:

Emily Wade at 617-353-5572 or

Lynne Cooney at 617-358-0200 or